Political passion can erode your objectivity, says a new study out of Yale University. Subjects were quite good at solving a math problem when it was presented as part of a neutral topic, says Ellen Peters, Ph.D., “but, when the identical data were put into a politicized domain—gun control, in this case—they made sense of the evidence in ways that helped them maintain their political beliefs.” Next time you’re debating politics, remember that even your own reasoning may be on the blink—and focus on listening as much as talking.
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